Rendering Lard...sort of...

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by turtleblossom, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. turtleblossom

    turtleblossom Songster

    Jun 8, 2008
    OK, let me start by saying that I know that lard comes from pigs, but I didn't have any pork fat, so I used what I had.

    Whenever I trim meat for dinner, I always save the fat and meat scraps. DH said we needed the room in the freezer for real food, so I decided to thaw it all out and put it thru a meat grinder. I had mostly beef scraps with some lamb.
    I put all that grisely, fatty goodness in an enamel lined cast iron pot, and set the heat on med. After it all melted I had maybe 8 cups of hot fat and tissue. I added 4 cups of water and brought the mixture briefly to a boil.
    I let it cool, and then put it on the back porch for the night (it wouldn't fit in the fridge). The next morning I had a nice thick disk of fat...sitting on a big block of gelatin!
    It was easy enough to remove the fat and re-melt it. I plan on repeating the process several times to "clean" all the meat out of the fat.
    But what should I do with the hamburger/gelatin stuff? I could heat it up and strain the meat out...but then what? Will wild birds eat it? Will chickens eat it?

    Has anyone else done this?
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I would mix it with peanut butter and sunflower seeds then freeze and put out for wild birds and squirels in the winter.
  3. flora

    flora Chirping

    Give the gelatin stuff to your dogs. Just stir it into their dry food or other food you give them.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2009
  4. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    THAT's what I need to do soon. You just reminded me about my beef fat. I had the butcher package the suet from our cow so that I could make chicken treats with it. As the other posters mentioned, mix with treats and give it to the animals. Thats what I'm going to do. My chooks Loooove me![​IMG]

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